29 October 1999
HENDRICK COSTER (active Arnhem 1638-1659)
A personification of poetry by candlelight
, sharpening a quill at a table with a figurine of a putto, a classical relief beyond
oil on canvas
26 x 18 in. (66 x 47.6 cm.)
Dr. Emma B. Culbertson, by whom bequeathed to
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, no. 20853, by whom deaccessioned and offerered for sale, Sotheby's, New York, 15 January 1993, lot 4A, as 'Roman School, 17th Century'.
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A.R. Murphy, European Paintings in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: An Illustrated Summary Catalogue, 1985, p. 138, as 'Italian School, late 17th Century, early 18th Century'.
We are grateful to Mr. Willem van de Watering for confirming the attribution, on the basis of a photograph.
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